Wimbledon toddler's death was 'avoidable' after Royal Marsden Hospital and Kingston Hospital doctors refuse to carry out tests
The tragic death of a toddler was avoidable after doctors refused to carry out tests that would have revealed her fatal symptoms, a coroner has ruled.
Two-year-old Alice Mason died in agony after staff at Kingston Hospital and The Royal Marsden failed to spot water on her brain in March 2011.
Parents Rosalind and Gareth Mason, whose pleas to give their daughter a CT scan were ignored by medical experts, now plan to sue the hospitals.
After a four day inquest at West London Coroners Court, Fulham, the couple gave a statement outside the court on Monday.
The Wimbledon couple, said: "The evidence has been shocking and should cause concern for all those who are patients of shared care systems across the UK.
"Expert evidence has made clear that if the doctors had done what they should, Alice would be with us today."
Assistant coroner Dr Sean Cummings told the court how there had been an "abject failure of leadership" and a "very large number of serious failures at almost every level".
The coroner said that even now, two years after the tragedy, he still had concerns about the "ability of consultants to affectively lead their teams."
Earlier in the inquest, the court heard how the youngster had a "largely successful" operation to remove a brain tumour in January 2011.
In March, Mr and Mrs Mason had complained to the Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea her condition had deteriorated and she had become "wobbly on her feet" and unable to walk without assistance.
After the hospital discharged the two-year-old, she continued to be sick at home and her parents rushed her to Kingston Hospital where they were refused a CT scan.
Mrs Mason told the inquest she felt "let down by the system" as she had become so frustrated at not being listened to.
Alice Mason died on March 31 2011 after developing hydrocephalus - water on the brain, which lead to irreversible brain damage.
Dr Cummings said: "This was not a difficult diagnosis. There was very little if any affective leadership."
In recording a narrative verdict, Dr Cummings told the family: "I am very very sorry you had to go through this."
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